After only recovering from her weekend at Life Festival, our Ents Editor Michaela Deane reviews the event and argues that this year's acts most certainly lived up to the hype.
The weekend of May 27th was a weekend filled with madness, in the form of Life festival 2016. I didn’t think anything could top last year’s event, and because it was my first ever music festival, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart (aw, cute or what?) But I think Life 2016 may have been that little bit better.
The atmosphere you get at Life Festival is comparable to no other music festival, not even Electric Picnic could live up to it.
Last year there seemed to be a lot more alternative people at Life, with hippies floating around the place everywhere; however it’s definitely become more popular this year. There’s been more of a market for it because of the rise of House, Electronic and Techno music, people are listening to it more and more recently.
I’m actually pretty shocked that the festival didn’t sell out, but I have no doubt that it will next year.
The one thing that made Life Festival this year was the hot weather, it was like being in a foreign country.
Nothing beat lying by the lake with a pint in hand listening to your favourite tunes, we really couldn’t have asked for much more to be honest.
This year’s line-up was nothing short of unbelievable, with popular DJ’s from all around the world making an appearance.
The organisers really pulled it out of the bag with these amazing acts. We had Hanna Wants, who played at Creamfields last year stealing the show on Friday night. MK played an amazing set on Sunday night, and brought the whole crowd together on the main stage.
Some more favourites from the weekend were Huxley, Bicep, Ben Klock and Subject. And who could forget Paul Kalkbrenner’s finish to the weekend? The fact that we had DJ’s who played at Tomorrowland brought to Life Festival is something else.
The venue setup had changed around slightly this year, but it was nothing too major or drastic. One thing I love about Life Festival is how small and compact it is; everything is near to each other and if you get lost, you’re not eternally doomed.
The one complaint I’d have about Life Festival is the fact that it ended so early. The last acts on Sunday finished at 12 o’clock, extremely early compared to the 4 o’clock endings on other nights.
However this was no problem for the campers, who had their own mini rave in the campsite that went on until the early hours. Speakers were blaring and a huge group formed, for many people this was the highlight of the whole weekend.
If you missed Life this year, don’t worry, I’m sure the line-up will be even better in 2017; the Life organisers never fail to impress.
And if you went to Life this year, chances are you’re experiencing post-festival blues at the moment.
Try not to fret though, there’s loads more festivals around the corner. Sea Sessions anyone?